If you are considering a career change, first of all a few minutes to reflect on the job or career that you are currently in — does it make you happy and do you enjoy it? Do you feel satisfied that you are growing, are paid a good rate and do you feel respected and valued?
If your answer is a big fat NO and as a result you have to drag yourself out of bed each morning, it may be time for a confident career change!
I hate my Job!
We spend around 90,000 hours at work in an average lifetime, and if you hate your job, each and every one of these hours you spend at work might be robbing you of your happiness and your health. According to a Gallup Poll, over 80% of people dislike their job — if this resonates with you, it may be time to take back your power and consider a career change into a job that makes you feel happy and confident.
There is no need to Jump Straight in!
I know that this may not be a simple prospect for many people, but remember that you can make your career change gradually in small, comfortable steps, rather than taking a huge leap into the unknown. When you do work in a job that you enjoy, you will bring your best to work each morning and feel good about it. When you feel like this on a regular basis, life just naturally works better and your confidence muscle will become stronger and vibrant. So, explore other opportunities if you need to — life is really too short to hate your work.
Are you just waiting around for your work life to improve?
Clients who come to me for help in their career often feel stuck, unmotivated or bored. Others feel stressed, unappreciated or find it difficult to create that all-important work–life balance. What the majority of these clients have in common is that they are just simply waiting around for their situation to improve, a better opportunity to come along or maybe a promotion or pay increase to land on their lap.
As a result, they are in limbo just hoping someone or something will come along to magically resolve their issues or make things better for them. This approach merely renders you powerless. As with any situation in life, you alone are self responsible for your life, happiness and career.
Therefore, if you don’t like what is happening, you can make the choice today to take back your power and do something about it. Be honest with yourself: how long are you going to wait around for your career to improve or for you to feel better at work? Days? Months? Years?
Tips for a Successful Career
- Make time, at least once a year, to evaluate your career satisfaction, direction and progress. Are you happy with what you do? Are you heading in the right direction?
- Are you enjoying your work? Are there parts of your job you would like to do more or less of? Do you need to organize a meeting with your manager to discuss? Remember, if you don’t ask — you won’t get!
- Set a goal for your career. Are you on track? Do you need to change anything? Is your goal still relevant or do you need to update it? Does it still feel good to you? What do you need to do in order to head in the direction of your goal?
- Make the most of annual reviews, and ask for feedback. If you are looking for further opportunities in the organization, make this clear to your manager and also let them know your future career goals.
- suggest improvements. If there are problems in your role, don’t just complain about it, take responsibility and suggest solutions. You won’t know until you try.
- Focus on the positives. Even if you dislike your job immensely, there must be some positives in it somewhere! Does it enable you to travel?, pay the bills or allow you good work–life balance? sometimes just a little mindset change is required for you to feel more positive about your job.
- Do you need to start looking for another job that will satisfy you more and is more aligned to your values, passions and strengths?
- Get external help. Do you need to get yourself a career coach who will support you?
With over 20 years experience, Lisa Phillips, is a Life Coach, Confidence Coach, Speaker and Career Coach based in Northamptonshire. Lisa also provides Interview Coaching. She is the author of ‘ The Confidence Coach’ book. Her expertise as an award winning Life Coach is regularly featured in the International Media.
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